Whincup celebrates Abu Dhabi hat-trick‏

TeamVodafone’s Jamie Whincup has taken a clean sweep of all three V8 Supercar races at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit, winning today’s final 12-lap duel ahead of Will Davison and Tim Slade while teammate Craig Lowndes finished 11th.

Whincup’s victory also marks a significant milestone for Holden, with the vehicle manufacturer celebrating it’s 100th Australian Touring Car Championship/ V8 Supercar Championship race win for the VE Series Commodore.

The Championship leader got one his best starts of the season and moved into the lead off the line. Whincup led from start to finish to take his 11th win of the season.

Lowndes held his position off the start before passing Ford rival David Reynolds on the second lap of the race to move into 11th position. The #888 driver maintained his position until the race end.

Whincup has extended his lead in the 2012 V8 Supercar Championship Series and now sits 296 points ahead of Mark Winterbottom while Lowndes remains third on 2971 points.

The Brisbane-based outfit now heads back to Australia to prepare for the penultimate V8 Supercar Championship Series event at Winton Motor Raceway on November 16-18.

Top Ten Race 26 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series Results – Abu Dhabi

1: Jamie Whincup

2: Will Davison

3: Tim Slade

4: Shane Van Gisbergen
5: Mark Winterbottom

6: James Moffat

7: Garth Tander
8: Lee Holdsworth

9: Rick Kelly

10: Fabian Coulthard

11: Craig Lowndes

Top Ten V8 Supercar Championship Points Standings:

1: Jamie Whincup, 3360 pts.
2: Mark Winterbottom, 3064 pts

3: Craig Lowndes, 2971 pts.
4: Will Davison, 2779 pts.

5: Shane Van Gisbergen, 2434 pts.

6: Tim Slade, 2319 pts.

7: Garth Tander, 2232 pts.

8: Lee Holdsworth, 1913 pts.

9: David Reynolds, 1875 pts.

10: Fabian Coulthard, 1843 pts.